NDA Khadakwasla is 20 Kms from Pune Railway Station. There are Bus services at a fairly frequent rate from Pune Railway Station and Deccan Gymkhana. Other modes such as Auto Rickshaw, Cars, Jeeps etc can also be hired to reach NDA. The need for an Inter Services Academy where future officers of the three services could be trained together was felt after the World War II. On 2nd May 1945 a Committee was setup to plan a National War Academy on the lines of Sandhurst Military Academy in England.

It was on 15 Dec 1948 that under the leadership of Colonel Kamta Prasad, the Joint Services Wing (JSW) was set up at Clement Town, Dehra Dun. On 01 Jan 1950, the Academy was renamed NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY (NDA). In Dec 1954 under the control of the then Commandant, Maj Gen Enayat Habibullah, NDA shifted to Khadakwasla, Pune.
A premier Inter Service training institution that is spread over 8000 Akers, is a training ground for future officers of Armed Forces. The training involves an exacting schedule of 3 years before the cadets join their respective Service Academies.

Training Pattern
Cadets can join NDA after 10+2 Examination. They are trained in the Academy for 3 years which culminates into graduation in B.A/B.Sc. or B. Sc. (Computer Science) degree of Jawaharlal Nehru University. They are trained in outdoor skills, like Drill, P. T. and games. But more emphasis is laid on character building , esprit-de-corps, mental and physical robustness, leadership and a sense of keen observation. Spacious classrooms, well equipped laboratories, number of squash and tennis courts, two Olympic size swimming pools, 32 football grounds, a Gymnasium, polo grounds and a cricket stadium. The academic year is divided into two terms, viz. Spring Term (January to May ) and Autumn Term (July to December). Here a cadet has to undergo training for a total of six terms before he passes out from NDA.

Squadrons and Battalions
The cadet is allotted to one of the 15 Squadrons, which then becomes his home for the next three years. The Squadrons are named as Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hunter, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November and Oscar. These squadrons which have approximately 100 to 120 cadets constitute the four Battalions at the Academy. No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 Battalions have four squadrons each while No. 4 has only 3 squadrons.

Academic Training
Cadets are allowed to go for the following three streams :
B. A (Political Science, Economics, History)
B. Sc. (Physics, Chemistry, Maths)
B. Sc (Computer Science ) (Physics, Maths, Computer Science)
Computer Appreciation is a compulsory subject for all cadets irrespective of their stream.

The cadets also learn following mandatory subjects :

Hindi, English, Foreign Language (Arabic/Bhutanese/Chinese/ French/German/Russia/Urdu).

Physical, Sports and Equitation Training
a very high standard of physical fitness is demanded for a career as an officer in the armed forces. This is achieved through scientifically designed physical training exercises, which help in all round physical development of the cadet. Sports are given prime importance in the NDA. Cadets are also trained for Horse riding, polo and show jumping.
It is the responsibility of respective training teams namely, Army Training Team, Naval Training Team and Air Forces Training Team.

Cultural Activities
NDA Cadets are also exposed to other aspects of life like Nature Study, Trekking, Photography, Music (Indian and Western), Model Making, Aero Modeling, etc. Inter-Battalion Entertainment, Quiz Competitions, Debates, Music and Plays from an integral part of the cultural panorama of cadets life at NDA.

Nationality :
  • A candidate must be either 
  • Citizen of India, Or
  • Subject of Bhutan, Or
  • Subject of Nepal, Or
  • Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, Or
  • Person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, the East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently setting in India).

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

How to Apply
Candidate seeking admissions to the examination may apply to

Union Public Service Commission,
Dholpur, House,
New Delhi-110011.
Application forms are published in Newspapers. The envelope containing the application should be super scribed in bold letters as "APPLICATION FOR NATIONAL ACADEMY EXAMINATION " .

Selection Procedure

The selection process split into three phases :

  • A written examination held by the Union Public Public Service Commission.
  • An interview by the Service Selection Board to assess a candidate's officer potentialities (Intelligence and personality test).
  • A medical examination by a Service Medical Board.

Places of Interest at NDA

The NDA is situation in a very picturesque valley with a lot of attractive places to visit. mentioned below are a few of the many places worth seeing at NDA :
  • Sudan Block
  • Habibullah Hall
  • Vyas Library
  • Bombay Stadium
  • Ashoka Pillar
  • Science Block
  • Jouravlov Golf Course
  • Hut of Remembrance
  • Gole Market
  • Squadrons ( 'A' to 'O')
  • Army Training Team
  • Social Science Block
  • Air Force Training Team
  • Museum
  • Salaria Square
  • Khetrapal Parade Ground
  • Gymnasium
  • Peacock Bay

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